Organization and time management apps help you keep information all in one easy to access place. They can help you develop good habits, focus on priorities and increase your productivity. They can make your day to day life easier to manage and once you start using them you may find that you have improved your time management. Here are 6 fantastic time management and organization apps you may want to consider checking out to help you manage your to-do list. There are many great apps that help in this regard, but these are the ones that, in the words of Marie Kondo, "spark joy", so most of these have earned a spot on my phone.
Time Management Apps
Thanks to Google Calendar you never have to miss another appointment or forget soccer practice. Google Calendar Allows you to plan every hour of every day or just put in important dates you can’t forget. You can also set yourself up email reminders for events as well as notifications. Invite friends, family, and co-workers to see only what you want them to see. You can also leave notes on each event where you can store details like the address or a list of things you can’t forget to bring with you. Once you start using Google Calendar you’ll honestly wonder how you ever lived without it. Google Calendar is free.
If you’re trying to form a new habit this year then you need HabitList. The app will help you track your goals no matter how big or small they may be. It has flexible scheduling and allows you to track your progress. Color coded badges help you focus on priorities and reduce distractions. You can even take a step back and look at how you’ve been doing with the trends feature. HabitList is only available for iOS at this time. HabitList is free.
Do you ever wonder what it is you do all day? It’s something that happens to me all the time. You sit down to write a blog post before lunch and before you know it you need to start making dinner. Well, with RescueTime you can find out exactly what you spend all your time on. The app runs securely in the background of your PC and mobile devices, tracking how much time you spend in certain apps and websites. Then at the end of the day, you can get a detailed report on your activity. You can also set alerts that will let you know when you’ve spent a certain amount of time on an activity. So if you end up in a Facebook coma you won’t waste your whole day. You can even block distracting websites if the temptation to turn on Netflix is too much. With this app, you’ll be able to manage your time better so you work more efficiently throughout the day. RescueTime starts at about $9 per month.
Track your finances across your entire family with one easy to use app. YNAB stands for You Need A Budget. This app connects with your bank and credit cards to make tracking even easier. You can set savings goals, build up an emergency fund and so much more. This is a fantastic app for keeping your finances in order and helping you make sure you don’t overspend. This app starts at $6.99 per month.
Trello is a great project management, to do list and workflow tool all in one. Users can create cards with information such as tasks, photos and comments that allow you to collaborate with others and present workflows. It is great from planning extensive projects to formulating weekly meal plans. I use Trello quite a bit and it is one of my favorite apps. They offer a free version which is outstanding.
Take notes throughout the day, clip articles, and take photos of papers. Next time you get handed a business card for something you need or you’re on your way to work when you remember a brilliant idea you had; store them on Evernote. Evernote is like a digital corkboard where you can save anything and everything to make it easy to find. The app will even search through handwritten documents that you’ve uploaded for certain words. This is a free app for keeping your tasks, ideas and other documents organized and together. The basic plan is free and I believe you are limited to two device formats.
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